This is how you change the snooze time of the iPhone alarm clock


If you press the snooze button on the iPhone alarm clock, it will always go off after 9 minutes. You can still set your alarm clock so that you can snooze longer or shorter.

When the iPhone alarm goes off, you have the option to hit snooze. Exactly 9 minutes later the alarm goes off again. Maybe you want it to be shorter or longer, but you soon find out that it's not possible. You can snooze for 9, 18, 27 minutes (and so on) if you hit the snooze button over and over again. A different time period is not possible at first glance… unless you do it smart. Because a snooze time of 10 or 15 minutes is normal!

  • Why snooze for 9 minutes?
  • Solution 1: Set multiple alarms
  • Solution 2 : Use an alarm clock app

Why snooze for 9 minutes?

Apple is not the only manufacturer that has a standard sleep time of 9 minutes. It happens worldwide on all digital alarm clocks. The underlying reason would be that in the days of analog alarm clocks (which still work with cogs) it was virtually impossible to reach a snooze time of exactly 10 minutes. Therefore, a different time period was chosen. It should not be too short, but certainly not too long, because otherwise people would fall into a deep sleep again. The choice fell on 9 minutes, something that was adopted when digital alarm clocks were introduced.

Solution 1: Set multiple alarms

If you go to the settings of the Clock app on the iPhone, you will see that there is no option to set a longer or shorter time period. The solution is to create multiple iPhone alarms.

Say we want to get up at 7:45 AM and snooze for 15 minutes. You do this as follows:

  1. Open the Clock app.
  2. The default alarm of the Bedtime function is probably already set to the desired time, in this case 7 :45 hours.
  3. Turn off the Snooze switch.
  4. Create a second alarm at 8:00 a.m. and turn off the snooze function here as well.
  5. You can also create a third or fourth alarm, if you have trouble getting out of bed.

Finished! You will now be woken up at 7:45 am and can then switch off the alarm and turn around again. Fifteen minutes later you will be awakened again by the next alarm. Keep in mind that the interval of 9 minutes is not used just like that and that you get out of bed with a drowsy feeling if you snooze for too long.

A disadvantage of setting multiple alarms is that the second alarm will still go off when you have already jumped out of bed energetically at 7:45 am.

Solution 2: Use an alarm clock app

Although you cannot set a different interval with the standard alarm clock on the iPhone, you can sometimes do so in third-party apps. As an example, we show the app Alarm Clock HD below, which you can also find in our list of the best alarm clock apps for the iPhone. In the advanced settings in this app you can choose any time interval for the snooze function, from 1 minute to 60 minutes.

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